From The Chairman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 4, 2016

U.S.-Japan Business Council Appoints Chuck Robbins as New Chairman

TOKYO—The U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC) is pleased to announce that Charles H. Robbins, chief executive officer and member of the board of Cisco Systems, Inc., has been elected chairman of the USJBC for a two -year term, effective November 4, 2016. Robbins, who has been CEO of Cisco since 2015, takes over the USJBC chairmanship from Dr. John Lechleiter, president, chairman and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company.

The USJBC, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is comprised of major U.S. companies that do business in Japan and is the primary U.S.-based business organization promoting strong economic ties between the two countries. The core mission of the USJBC is to advance U.S.-Japan business and government ties, to identify and expand new opportunities, and to facilitate growth across sectors including information and communication technologies (ICT), energy, financial services, healthcare innovation, travel and tourism, and consumer products and services.

In assuming the chairmanship, Robbins said, “The USJBC has a strong track record of advocating for policies that have helped transform the U.S.-Japan economic relationship, resulting in a partnership between the two economies that is cooperative, constructive, and a model for cross-border business relationships across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. I look forward to building on Dr. Lechleiter’s great contributions to the Council, and will strive to build new opportunities for innovation and cooperation in ways that deliver growth and prosperity.”

“The USJBC is delighted to have Chuck Robbins as our new chairman,” said USJBC President Jay Sapsford. “Mr. Robbins’ vision, leadership, and international business experience are exactly what the Council needs to further its mission and expand two-way American business trade and investment with Japan.”

The USJBC, administered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is a Washington, D.C.-based business association whose mission is to support U.S. business interests in Japan and promote stronger economic ties between the United States and Japan. USJBC member companies collectively account for a substantial share of overall U.S. economic activity with Japan, and seek to foster the most cooperative and mutually beneficial economic relationship possible between the two countries.